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Deadline Looms For Victims Of Forced Sterilization Program

AP | JEROME BAILEY Jr. | Posted 06.24.2014 | Crime

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Victims of North Carolina's forced sterilization program are facing a Monday deadline to file a claim to receive payment from t...

Man's 'No-Brainer' Plea Deal Includes Vasectomy Requirement

AP | LARRY O'DELL | Posted 06.24.2014 | Crime

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who has fathered children with several women has agreed to get a vasectomy to reduce his prison term by up to fi...

Warning: This Birth Control Product May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Maria Rodale | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Diana Zuckerman, PhD, president of the National Research Center for Women & Families "Was I just unlucky, or is this medical p...

Sterilization Abuse in State Prisons: Time to Break With California's Long Eugenic Patterns

Alex Stern | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Alex Stern

The recent revelation that 148 female prisoners in two California institutions were sterilized between 2006 and 2010 is another example of the state's long history of reproductive injustice and the ongoing legacy of eugenics.

Sentenced to Forfeit Human Rights

Anika Rahman | Posted 09.09.2013 | Crime
Anika Rahman

It is heartbreaking and shocking to learn that even today, in a liberal state, American women continue to be denied their fundamental human right to decide whether or not to have children again.

What's Your Method?: A Blog Series on Contraception

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.30.2013 | Women
Impatient Optimists

What's Your Method? is an Impatient Optimists blog series that offers a window into many of the contraceptive options for women and girls around the w...

LOOK: PETA's Bizarre New Campaign

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.25.2013 | Green

A rather bizarre pro-spaying demonstration involving humans dressed as condoms and a model named Lacey Banghard has some people scratching their heads...

Hey Anti-Choicers: Coercion Is Always Wrong

John Seager | Posted 11.01.2012 | Politics
John Seager

Thank goodness Mississippi voters -- as have voters in every other state where this issue has appeared on the ballot -- put the rights of women above the "rights" of fertilized eggs. But how soon until a state does restrict birth control?

Before Meningitis Outbreak, Pharmacy Avoided Sanctions

Reuters | Posted 12.22.2012 | Healthy Living

By Toni Clarke and Tim McLaughlin BOSTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) - The pharmacy tied to a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak es...

Politics and Draghi Speaks

Michael Farr | Posted 09.07.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

The silly season of politics is fully underway. Though it is not our habit to predict political outcomes, we are going on record with our belief that...

N.C. Racial Justice Act Vote Threatens State's Progressive Streak

Ben Jealous | Posted 08.26.2012 | Politics
Ben Jealous

If our representatives want North Carolina to prosper in the coming decades, they need to stop attacking communities of color, low-income communities and others who disagree with them. Otherwise they will drag North Carolina backwards in history.

A History of Weaponized Language

Justin Strawhand | Posted 05.26.2012 | Home
Justin Strawhand

What of legacy? Did the violent effects of eugenically-charged language die with the discrediting of the eugenics movement, or do they continue, protected by the shroud of historical forgetfulness? There are hints.

President Obama: Render Unto God the Things that Are God's

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 05.03.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Jesus is often quoted for his saying to "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's." The rest of the quote could be a message to the Obama Administration: "Render unto God the things that are God's."

Animal Welfare Groups Target Feral Cats For Sterilization

AP | By SUE MANNING | Posted 02.14.2012 | Green

LOS ANGELES -- Cat owners have done a good job spaying and neutering their pets. The big issue now when it comes to felines is population control of f...

"Three Generations of Imbeciles Are Enough"

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

Is there any connection between the eugenics movement and the anti-choice movement? Forcing a woman to give birth -- which the anti-choice movement effectively requires -- really is not that different conceptually from preventing her from giving birth.

WATCH: Local Activists Plead With Sweden To Amend Transgender Sterilization Law

Posted 01.21.2012 | Gay Voices

International human rights activists have decried Sweden's decision not to update a "barbaric" law that requires all transgender people to become ster...

Making Things Right, Many Years Later

Michael Waterstone | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics
Michael Waterstone

Today, the idea of the state medically taking away someone's right to procreate against their will seems impossible. But from the 1930s to the late 1970s, North Carolina used eugenics to justify mandatory sterilization of people with mental disabilities, criminals and other undesirables.

Dalai Lama Advisor, Blake Kerr, Testifies in Trial Accusing Chinese of Genocide in Tibet

Robbie Vorhaus | Posted 03.07.2012 | World
Robbie Vorhaus

As a tourist in Lhasa 24 years ago, Blake Kerr witnessed Chinese soldiers and police massacring unarmed Tibetans, inspiring him to begin documenting the underside of China's military occupation of Tibet.

The Other Side of Reproductive Justice: How Sterilization and Other Forms of Coercion Are Used Against "Unworthy" Parents

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

Coerced sterilization and castration are in many ways no different from other limitations on individual reproductive choice: they violate a number of fundamental rights, including the rights to health, privacy, and physical integrity.

GlobalPost Reports: The Terror Of Forced Sterilization For Transgender People

Posted 01.02.2012 | Gay Voices

By Ann Tornkvist STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Aleksa Lundberg remembers being four years old and standing by the kindergarten's wading pool. The tea...

N.C. Tries To Make Amends For Sterilizations

AP | By RENEE ELDER and TOM BREEN | Posted 08.19.2011 | Healthy Living

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Nearly 35 years after ending the country's most active post-war sterilization program, North Carolina is the only state trying to mak...

Laura Gottesdiener

'Psychological Slavery'? A Look Inside California Women's Prisons

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Gottesdiener | Posted 08.03.2011 | Los Angeles

Over the course of 12 years, former inmate Beverly Henry watched hundreds of untreated women die in the Central California Women’s Facility, a spraw...

HIV-Positive Chilean Mothers Claim To Be Forcibly Sterilized, Abused In Hospitals (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As nations around the world commemorate World AIDS Day, a group of HIV-positive women in Chile has come forward with more sobering news, claiming they...

Astoria Characters: The Down-to-Earth Traveling Salesman

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

In the living room, kneeling against the ruby red wall, is a Thai goddess. Above her head, in golden frames that match the trim of her royal raiment, are three Chilean oil paintings.

Is Sterilization The Answer To India's Overpopulation Problem?

GlobalPost | Jason Overdorf | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

India has fallen behind in the race to meet the Millennium Development Goals for reducing its birth rate by 2015. Only about half of India's 26 states...